Hard to choose for me, so can I have some help?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by macsrockmysocks, May 26, 2006.

  1. macsrockmysocks macrumors regular

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    Well, I need a laptop because my parents are divorced. My mom already has an Intel 20" iMac, so I pretty much use that for my business(except her internet sucks right now). So while I am at my father's house, I want to use a Mac. So heres comes the problem. I have wanted a Powerbook for over a year. I absolutely love the aluminum casing that they are made of. But then the MB came out. I thought that this would be better because I would not spend the extra money when I have the iMac at home. Then I found the refurbished MBP on apple.com and it was onlly $100 more. To me, I am getting more for my money(myl stepmom sadi she will pay for my warrranty, I won that in a bet). So what do you guys think, get the MBP refurb. or the black MB?
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    For $100 more? MBP, hands down, no doubt, period. Better screen, better graphics, better keyboard.

    Me loves the MBs, but the MBPs are better unless you need the more durable casing... I liked the old iBooks a lot, but the MBs don't really have much of a size advantage over the MBP, so I'd say get the MBP.

    Just my opinion....
     
  3. macsrockmysocks thread starter macrumors regular

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    I went to go look at them at CompUSA 2 days ago, but really, I thought the MB was really small. I mean, I have that 20" iMac at home and it looks soooooo small. Oh, and do you think that this MBP will have all of the problems that the others have?
     
  4. Hevs macrumors newbie

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    sometimes you just got wear it

    A couple of years ago I really wanted an iPod. a friend bought the old 20G b&w screen and thought she was cool, and then the 60G iPod photo came out but I couldn't afford it so I waited and waited and finally last year I bought it. One week later Icould have bought it for $100 less, 2 months later I have bought a 60G iPod that plays videos. Phhta. says I and try to believe that it does what I need it to do, noless/no more.

    to be honest I have hardly used to photo viewing function at all so its just a music player to me no matter what you put on it.

    So the point is, does the powerbook do what you need or does the MB?
     
  5. macsrockmysocks thread starter macrumors regular

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    Really, the Mb does what I need. But, for a $100 more, I can get a bigger screen, nicer keyboard, better speakers, a dedicated graphics card, and a nicer looking laptop. Any other suggestions?
     
  6. What macrumors newbie

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    Macbook or Pro

    There is this awesome deal on EBAY where you can get

    Black Macbook with default Configuration except it includes 1 gb of ram

    at 1,100 dollars.

    The Macbook pro

    * 1GB (single SO-DIMM) 667MHz DDR2 SDRAM
    * 100GB 5400rpm Serial ATA hard drive
    * 2.0 Ghz intel core duo, non-glossy screen
    * ATI Mobility Radeon X1600 with 256MB GDDR3 memory

    at 1,200 dollars!

    Both are incredible values, and both are NEW and SEALed.
    Obviously, it looks like the Macbook Pro is a better deal, but, as a student, I wonder if portability is a bigger issue. I also like the glossy screen on the Macbook. The black looks sic and all and I'm not a big gamer. Should I just get a black macbook, or a Macbook pro (which might be overkill for me). I like to watch DVD's too, so the glossy screen might be better. The Macbook also seems more durable. The keyboard is okay too.

    But for 100 dollars more...I can ambient light keyboard, aluminum casing (which i heard gets very hot), larger screen (but less portablity), dedicated memory, more harddrive (though I don't need that much) etc. What do you think? Just go with the black, or the Pro? Thanks
     
  7. macsrockmysocks thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't trust anything electronic on eBay because of the problems my friend had with them. Also the prices are sorta low....:eek:
     
  8. macsrockmysocks thread starter macrumors regular

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    Omg, I am looking at eBay right now and there are so many Macbook Pros!! And they are outrageously cheap, I don't thiknk I should trust them.
     
  9. faintember macrumors 65816

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    the MBP, hands down. As much as i love my MB, i have to say the MBP is worth that for the extra screen space alone.
    (i feel soooo strange recommending the MBP, but in this case it actually makes sense!)
     
  10. macsrockmysocks thread starter macrumors regular

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    Why do you feel strange? I know about all the problems that they are having, and I am thinking that the refurbs might not even have them.
     
  11. faintember macrumors 65816

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    Because for most people the MB is more than enough computer at a much better price point. However in this instance, since the price gap is just $100, the MBP is the best buy. The MBP is a fine machine, dont get me wrong, but way overpriced and loaded with unnecessary options for someone in my field.

    If i were in your situation (before i bought my MB) i would go with the MBP.
     
  12. macsrockmysocks thread starter macrumors regular

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    When do you think that Apple will get the newer models that start at 2Ghz in the store?
     
  13. MACDRIVE macrumors 68000

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    I say get the MBP, and tell your Mom to upgrade to SBC DSL 915kbps for $12.99 per month. :)
     
  14. macsrockmysocks thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have Cox and Bellsouth, and the Cable feels alot faster than the DSL. Also, DSL crashes on me when I play X-Box L!ve.
     

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